How to Knit a Cool and Breezy Button Curtain

comments (17) March 19th, 2009     

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Tina_Hilton Tina Hilton, contributor
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A knitted curtain provides a gauzy, romantic view.
Cotton yarn and faux mother-of-pearl buttons would make a good substitute.
I swatched with a size 13 and a size 19 needle to see which would create the best fabric.
A knitted curtain provides a gauzy, romantic view.

A knitted curtain provides a gauzy, romantic view.

Photo: Tina Hilton
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Yarn and buttons make a splendid combination! Especially when it's mother-of-pearl buttons and 100% linen yarn.


Cotton yarn and faux mother-of-pearl buttons would make a good substitute.

Supplies

  • Size 13 straight knitting needles
  • Louet Euroflax sportweight 100% linen yarn
  • Big-eye sewing needle
  • Mother-of-pearl buttons, 1/2-inch diameter (I began with more than 300)
  • Curtain rod
  • Café clip rings

I swatched with a size 13 and a size 19 needle to see which would create the best fabric.

Gauge
14 stitches x 13 rows over 4 inches or 3.5 stitches per inch (14  divided by 4 = 3.5) and 3 rows per inch (13 divided by 4 = 3.25).


Lay the fabric flat and spread out the stitches before measuring for gauge.

Abbreviations
K1: knit one
K2tog: knit 2 together
Yo: yarn over
Yob: yarn over with button

Stitch Pattern
K1, *yob, k2tog, yo, k2tog* repeat to the end of the row, K1.
K1, (*yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog* repeat to the end of the row), 5 rows.
Repeat these six rows until the desired curtain length.

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Comments (17)

Lisalaj writes: How did you figure out how much yarn you needed?
Posted: 6:39 pm on July 29th
AerisMom writes: xyzabc-you load the buttons on the yarn with a needle before you start then work them into your fabric as you go, it takes a little practice to get used to knitting/crocheting with the odd shapes, but it adds to your design! i hope i was able to help
Posted: 11:57 am on August 7th
XYZABC writes: Hi Tina, The curtain looks wonderful, but I m not able to make out how you loaded the buttons in between the yarn? whats the trick ?


Posted: 1:10 am on June 18th
XYZABC writes: Hi Tina, The curtain looks wonderful, but I m not able to make out how you loaded the buttons in between the yarn? whats the trick ?


Posted: 1:10 am on June 18th
SMVG writes: I used this idea to make a curtain for a baby's room. I added some small bunny rabbit buttons and it was adorable! Thanks for the great ideas.
Posted: 3:20 pm on April 18th
ChessWidow writes: I think this would also be a good use of some reclaimed yarn from thrift store finds. I might go back and pick up a couple of the cotton or linen sweaters that I passed up because of the finer yarn.
Posted: 6:05 pm on April 3rd
anablia writes:

FANTASTIC. SO MANY WONDERFUL IDEAS!
THANK YOU THANK YOU SO MUCH.
I'M YOUR PORTUGUESE FAN
Posted: 11:52 am on April 2nd
K1Drink2 writes: Tina ... you have such a fertile brain! LOVE the idea ... Wouldn't it be cute, too, as a shower curtain (over a liner, of course) in a beach house. Little fish buttons and shells in tropical colors ...
Posted: 10:19 am on March 30th
PoochPal writes: What I love about this window covering is that you still see the glorious view through this lacey curtain dappled with buttons. Great idea to use sea shells or even glass beads could glisten when the sun shines through... Thanks Tina!!
Posted: 9:15 pm on March 24th
ewephoric writes: tina does it again!!! what an original and inventive idea. i just love it.
Posted: 10:06 pm on March 21st
TheKat writes: I love this! All my windows are currently *undressed* (uncompleted remodeling) but I have acquired a few crocheted curtain panels on eBay to hang eventually -- one or more of your panels will fit right in. Plus, I have a whole mess of mother-of-pearl buttons in the button box I inherited from my MIL. Thanks!
Posted: 12:02 pm on March 21st
cjms writes: What a great Spring project - light and airy with style. I have a small window in my front door and I can't wait to use your design to make a window covering. I have a bunch of small sea shells and I'm planning to drill a small hole in them and use them instead of buttons. Keep up the wonderful ideas and patterns. I can't wait to see what other ideas you come up with.
Posted: 7:07 pm on March 20th
Tina_Hilton writes: I am so glad you like it! What I didn't share with you is that it is big enough to go around my waist for a sexy beach cover up. Now I have to figure out how to pull off a beach vacay!
Posted: 9:04 am on March 20th
LauraMM writes: I love this! Very beautiful!
Posted: 8:52 pm on March 19th
erika_kern writes: That is so lovely. It reminds me of the sea. . .
Posted: 4:47 pm on March 19th
CalPatch writes: i LOVE this idea! as soon as i find a house to live in, i am SO making this!!!
Posted: 11:12 am on March 19th
LindaPermann writes: this is great! plus i was just wondering what the heck to make out of euroflax, and this is quite a nifty idea!
Posted: 2:40 am on March 19th
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